BURBANK, Calif., July 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Not only are we getting a Lion King live-action remake, we are also getting an album with new music, executively produced by Beyoncé. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film includes the new original song, “Spirit,” performed by Beyoncé. The Lion King: The Gift album is set for release on July 19.
“This is sonic cinema,” said Beyoncé in the press release statement. “This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.”
Continuing, Beyoncé shares what she felt was most important with the music as the executive producer. “I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline. Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”
The Lion King: The Gift, with new recordings by Beyoncé, features a beautiful, multi-genre symphony, steeped in African influences from various corners of the Continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora. This love letter to Africa highlights the setting of the film, rooted in African culture and wondrous narratives. Track list and featured artists on The Lion King: The Gift are forthcoming.